“ The LG 42LD490 is a mid-range LCD TV, which has great looks, picture and sound quality. However, it is lacking many of the features that new TV's now have, such as LED display and 3D. „
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We have always liked watching television after a long days work, and we like to watch ours in style. This LG television has to be the best buy we have had yet, simply due to the size of it. This television has a huge 55 inch screen, which we have in our living room, and is certainly big enough for all the family to sit around and watch.
We initially saw this television online, where we where browsing for a new one. The vast majority of the televisions we saw i thought were hugely overpriced for what they where, and the screen size on most of them that where upwards of £2000 where smaller than this!
The television can be watched in 3D, which is my favorite aspect of it, especially when your watching films with brilliant scenery such as Avatar. It comes with two sets of glasses, which I do not think is enough, especially if your having friends over for a movie night, so we had to buy three more pairs, which were overpriced at £30 a set!!
The picture on this product is simply amazing. Compared to some of the other televisions that we have owned, this outshines every one of them, with its brilliant resolution and full HD qualities.
Now, the price. We bought ours outright, at £1400, but it has come down a little in price since then, but It is well worth it compared to the price of some i have seen, and does a whole lot more. I do think it was good value considering the use we have had out of it too.
The sound on the device is quite good, but if you ask me, if your going to buy a quality television, you need a good quality surround sound system in place too. We have a great quality sound system to go with it, which only enhances the viewing experience, especially if you are watching a good horror movie, it actually feels like your in the movie! ( although I'm sure the neighbors do not appreciate that)!
I would recommend this TV to anyone who enjoys watching a good movie, and is looking for a great picture quality at a reasonable price!
I bought one of these televisions after my Hitachi kept playing up. I decided to go for an LG as had heard good things about them. Setup was easy and the software is far superior than previous I have bought. The tele is easy to use and the remote is clearly laid out.
The picture is very clear and crisp, obviously teles with a higher refresh rate are better but they are more expensive. Due to there being 2 hdmi ports on the tv you get an even better picture. The one thing I love about this tele is the USB port on the side. If you want to view pictures/watch videos or play music it can all be played through the USB.
overall I have been pleased with this tv for the price and looks good and has a sturdy rotating base for easy viewing. Will definately be looking at LG when I next buy a tv.
We brought this TV just a few months back when we saw it on offer in a high street shop. We'd been needing to upgrade from our 32" tv in the living room for quite a while as it looked a little small for the living room.
First thing was the difference in quality. The quality of this TV is so crisp and clear and much better than any other television we've had and you just cannot knock the HD (a whole new television viewing experience!!)
It comes with built in Freeview HD but i have to admit we haven't yet used it as we have a virgin media packet at home so i'll do my review based on my virgin viewing experience.
The netcast technology is great as it means i can access youtube from my television - especially great for when i can't find a program my toddler wants to watch so i just search youtube and play it directly from the screen for him to watch.
It also comes with 3 HDMI ports! (most tvs only have 2) which is fab for us being a tech savvy household as we have numerous hard drives with photos/videos/tv programs on which we can use as and when we please!!
I finally traded in my big bulky old style TV last year for a nice new shiny slim line LG LCD TV. My living room is really quite big, so I went for the 42" and I have not been disappointed.
The TV comes with Freeview television which might be handy for some people, but I don't really make use of it as I have a package with Sky. It doesn't have a built in DVD player like most models do, but again that doesn't affect me as I quite often download movies and play them through the TV using a USB stick.
The picture on the TV is excellent. It's a lovely big, clear picture with really good high quality colour and sound.
It's a really user friendly machine too - especially for a techno-phobe like me. It came with a huge instruction manual and nice little one pager summary. I used the one pager summary and I was easily able to set it up myself. Now I find it really easy to switch between different modes such as TV, AV and as I said I can pop in a USB to watch movies on.
It seems to be a reliable TV, so far I've not had any problems with it, and hopefully that will continue!
There is truly nothing not to like about this TV in my own personal experience.
My family, as have many others of late, have with some trepidation bitten the bullet and finally laid their old decrepit boxy TV's to rest. May they rest in pieces for they served us long and well Amen.
But with every sad passing comes new hope for the future, a future where you can finally plug in all your doodahs and thingamywhatsits without risking a migraine trying to figure out where to plug it all in.
If you are anything like me you will end up at some point soon after your purchase, in my case within getting it in the car, found to be caressing the box on the way home hissing "Precciiooouuuuuus" in your best Gollum impression, especially if you bagged it for the absolute steal we bought it for.
It's the cream in my coffee, it's the tappit and unwrappit chocolate orange of the TV world. But seriously no tapping required, just unwrap this yummy sleek beauty, position it as is your want, plug it in and away you go. It's foolproof, I didn't even need my 4 year old to explain it all to me it's THAT easy.
As has been pointed out a few times within reviews I too find the sound a little quiet at times, but I'm hard pressed to notice whether it's actually the TV thats the problem here or the inconsistancies in sound within indiviual programmes and channels. We've all been there, you have it all the way up to eleven dozing off to Autumnwatch, when at the flick
of a teenage whim you are blasted through walls into next door by Kerrang without them ever touching the volume.
As for the picture quality, well it's so good It's usually only when I flick through channels that I finally notice I've neglected to watch a HD specific channel, so no gripes there either.
Connectivity wise, as overflourished earlier you are set for whatever new box, game console or otherwise that you may get pestered for in the visable future.
Freeview is what you would expect and another handy feature is the ability to turn the backlight down, thus saving energy. I know, I'm sure most new fangled TV's have this feature nowerdays, but at risk of sounding like a complete luddite, it's comforting to have the ability to try save power in our homes wherever we can.
I bought this TV at just £399 on the Soho Road in Birmingham (so do shop around because I paid way less than most would) and I am over the moon with it, there is probably only one thing I can fault about it which I will come onto later.
The TV looks lovely and is definitely the feature of my living room - the picture on this page does it no justice at all, it is stunning and very modern looking. I am always receiving compliments from my guests about this TV. Oh and not to forget, the TV is huge.
The picture quality is flawless, I only realised the difference when I upgraded from my old non HD TV. As far as I'm concerned, after using this TV, I would never go back to a TV with standard definition picture. Unfortunately I cannot comment on the 3D feature because my Virgin Media doesn't allow for 3D viewing, but personally because of my lazy eye I wouldn't be able to see things in 3D properly anyway.
The TV comes with built in freeview which I find very useful for when my Virgin Media plays up, this is very simple to use unlike a lot of other freeview TV's - It has a TV guide you can bring up with your remote to allow you to easily navigate through your freeview channels. However I have found the picture quality of the built in freeview channels is not as good as the channels I get from my Virgin Media box (even the HD freeview channels).
The only way I can fault this TV is with the sound but this could just be a result of my own tastes. I only like sound with a lot of bass to give me the experience of being in a cinema, and a lot of TVs I've had in the past (Even the ones that are about half a metre thick) have been able to deliver this. The sound on this TV seems far too weak and reminds me of my laptop speakers. This is still the case if you change the sound setting on the TV to the highest bass.
However, for the price I paid for the TV I would have no problem making up for this by buying a home cinema system so this might be worth investing in if you're like me and enjoy good quality sound.
This is a great, really high quality TV with loads of extra features. The TV is full HD, which does actually give you a better clearer picture, although it may sometimes actually be hard to notice. The TV has a massive range of inputs which makes it really easy to connect any device to it, whether it be a TV box, DVD player or watching catch up programmes from your laptop is easy to do. The sound quality is great and the TV lasts a very long time. It also like many new TV's has a built in Freeview HD feature which although I don't use, if you don't have sky gives you free TV with Freeview HD without even having to pay for the box you get HD TV for nothing. Overall I think this is a great long lasting good quality TV, with loads of inputs and added features - at a reasonable cost for the TV quality and brand name you get with it.
When redecorating my living room in may we decided to get a new tv to complete the picture. This TV is a great size as it does not look too large in the space that we have. I cannot find any fault with the TV. The built in freeview is a great feature as i do not have sky and used to have a freeview box on top of my old tv which isnt great to look at. The guide is brilliant as you can still listen to what you are watching and it has a time line at the top of the guide with an arrow to show how far through the programme is.
The internet is a great feature and is brilliant to show videos from youtube on the large screen. The remote control is simple and easy to use. The HD is great quality and non HD programmes are brilliantly clear as well a lot better than any previous tv i have had.
It also has a great feature of energy saving, which allows you to turn the screen off whilst still listening to what is on the tv, a great feature to use when on the Radio channels that are on offer. Also with the USB port on the side its great to use to show photos etc from USB memory stick, brilliant feature.
We managed to buy this TV just in time to watch Frozen Planet, which has been very fortunate as the picture quality could almost be described as breath-taking, especially when projecting a stunning arctic landscape directly into our living room. For some reason we viewed the TV as more of a necessity than a new sofa, and so are still sat every evening on a rather hard, coverless futon, which gets less and less padded by the day, watching our brand spanking new TV. We have interesting priorities.
I'll begin, then, with the technical details, though I'll try to keep this section as brief and as interesting as possible. The LG 42" LCD TV is backlit, which apparently makes it ideal for watching fast-action movies and sports. I don't watch much of either, but I can tell you that animations look fantastic on it. A nice feature running alongside this is that you can adjust the energy settings, so if you're watching something that doesn't require such impressive visuals, like the news or a quiz show (must be careful not to mention my addiction to Eggheads here) then you can just down the light levels and thus save some energy. What do you know- a giant, flat screen, eco-friendly TV. Well, let's face it, no 42" LCD TV is going to be particularly eco-friendly, but at least if you're going to buy one anyway then this is a good start. According to the information we were given in-store, the average LCD uses 30% less energy than an LCD or a plasma TV anyway.
You also get a freeview tuner with this model, meaning you can get all those extra digital channels and radio stations free, and there's a USB port for plugging in a memory stick to watch your photos as a slideshow on the big screen.
In fact you can also, according to the manual, pick up wireless, though we haven't tried this yet. We really should though, because with our Lovefilm subscription that would mean we could watch films via live streaming as well as being posted DVDs and Blu-rays, but without having to hunch in front of a laptop.
The one major disadvantage of this TV, in my view, is the sound quality. It just doesn't match up in any way with the picture quality, and in fact once you turn the volume up to about 20, it seems to remain the same from there onwards. You can turn the volume all the way up to 40 or more and it will still sound quite quiet, especially when people are speaking. It isn't that the sound is tinny or muffled in any way, however. It sounds quite sharp and clear, but somehow just never quite loud enough. I suppose the answer to that is to buy a home cinema system to go with it, or at least a set of speakers, but that's quite a commitment when you'll already have forked out around £600 for the TV itself. The home cinema systems are about another £200 on top of that.
Having said that, I'm not sure it's only LG that has this problem with sound quality. My parents have a Panasonic TV which is like ours, 42" with great picture quality, but again, the volume just isn't really there. Perhaps it just isn't possible to make a slim, sleek-looking TV with decent enough speakers to give the sound the volume it really needs. If I wanted to be really cynical about it I might even suggest this was a deliberate ploy to get people spending the extra £200. The logic, after all, is that if you've spent £600 on the TV, what's an extra £200 to get all the benefits of it? Not a logic we'll be following just yet, mind you. I think the sofa may actually need to be the next purchase on the list.
The only other thing I can say about this TV is that it was very easy to set up. You'll need an HDMI cable if you want to plug it into a blu-ray player, but the instruction manual is very clear and easy to understand and there isn't a lot that needs plugging in to get it working anyway. It's also easy to tune, as instructions are given on screen.
We've been very happy with our purchase so far and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new, very good quality TV. Don't be put off by my comments on the sound quality either- the actual quality is good, but some people may prefer a higher volume than this TV can offer without speakers but, as I said, I think this may be something that's common to all wide, flat screen televisions.
I used to think that having a big TV wasn't that important, and it was unnecessary and basically just a waste of money for something that didn't really make that much of difference. Although it's true that you don't really need a big TV, I can now see how much of an improvement it is, and how it makes watching your favourite programmes or films such a great experience.
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This is a 42-inch TV, which sounds enormous, but is something that you quickly get used to. It is widescreen and full HD, which you can really appreciate on a screen of this size. It has built-in Freeview as well. First of all, I suppose it's the look of the TV that makes the first impression. It's not only big but also very slim - it's only an inch or so deep and it's amazing that so much fits in so little space. You can put it on a wall, but it's important to note that you really need speakers for this, as they are on the back and will sound muffled against a wall.
The TV has the usual connections for games consoles and USBs etc. It is designed in gloss black and looks really smooth and sleek and simple - basically, a typical modern TV, although I do like the thin transparent edge around it, which makes it stand out quite nicely.
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There are so many things I like about this TV. The picture quality is great - the colours are so sharp and movement is super-smooth. On both blu-ray and normal DVD, everything looks cinema quality, and even normal programmes are made to look so much better. I heard that it wasn't so good for fast moving action, but sport also looks really good here, I think.
The menus are well designed and easy to navigate, and you don't need to spend lots of time to get the hang of the systems. I like the inclusion of an energy-saving system which lets you easily dim the TV down when you don't need it to be so bright. Everything looks really well designed, and a lot of thought has gone into the navigation of the menus.
Physically, the TV is very strong and secure, with a good wide base that keeps it steady. It feels well made, and doesn't seem like it would break easily.
If there's one negative, I would say that the sound isn't as good as the rest of the TV. It's okay, but not as impressive as the other elements, and often needs turning up quite a lot. Still, I'm happy with it - and I think this is a brilliant TV for £500. It has just about everything, and it's made watching TV so enjoyable!
We bought this tv a few months ago from Currys, a snip at under £500. I decided that it was time to replace my old 32 inch and join the big leagues and see what HD has to offer. So far this has been a great purchase and gaming on my PS3 has been superb. FIFA and fallout are a joy of a huge screen like this. As expected from LG, you get good quality tech at a much more reasonable price than from Sony and Panasonic. The black levels are strong and the quality of picture is quite impressive, and I don't have the same level of glare from sunlight as I did from my previous TV. The sound quality is good although I normally port the output through my surround sound setup. This TV was easy to setup and the instructions filled in any blanks on how to move through the menus quickly and easily
We bought this in the christmas season last year and managed to get it at steal for £499 in the Curry's sale. We previously had a nice little 32inch TV but wanted to splurge on something a little more impressive, and im glad we did. We reserved it over the phone so when we got to the store and saw how big it was, we were a little shocked at its vastness and thought 'there's no way this thing is going to fit in our living room' but amazingly it does perfectly. When we picked up the box we also found that is is lighter than it looks so although I have no plans to lug it around anywhere, should we need to move it then it won't be too difficult.
When we got it home and took it out of the box, it fit in really well with our not huge front room. It is thin and sleek, so doesn't look out of place at all. The instructions were simple, and setting up was really easy. Put the batteries in the remote, turn it on, and it guides you through set up and tuning.
It has ports for every device you could possibly want to plug into a tv, numerous scart, AV, and HDMI etc ports. When you want to switch input device one push of the remote brings you to a clearly laid out menu with large icons to distinguish between devices. There is even the option to customise the options, for example we have the AV1 option customised with a picture of a games console and the word 'Console' underneath so that the kids can easily navigate and know that its the option they want to access the Wii. A similar thing with the Scart1 port, it has a dish picture and 'Satellite' underneath so everyone knows that is where the Sky is. there is also a port for plugging in USB sticks, so you can view photos as a slideshow and even play music.
It is a great looking TV. sleek, slim, and stylish. And the picture quality is amazing. A marked increase in quality on HD channels too. A great buy, well worth the money.
This is a very very good TV for the price that we got it at, we got it for around 400 in the winter sale. i have no idea how the winter period effects the price of a television but hey there you go, maybe cause its cold and you want to sit in the house and watch TV more. im sure there is reason behind the madness.
The tv is a very sleek and clean cut design, there's no need to faff around when it comes down to looking into other televisions, you dont need to look further. this has a easy to set up system, all the ports that the world can need in the back and you can plug all your devices into it easily which then are picked up and work straight away! what more can you demand ? nothing that's right.
Price and Availability
We got ours for around the 400 region, although after looking at the price comparison section they appear to be going for alot higher, its understandable as it is an excellent quality product for the price that you are going to be paying. For the 550ish price that you will pay, you get the remote, all the according wires and luckily if your fluky enough you will be able to get a hd DVD player with it aswell, this makes the amount that you need to pay so much better.
You should be able to find this TV in most of your stores such as curry's and PC world, however if your lazy and you cant be bothered to leave the house, you would be able to find this on the internet, you would be better off doing this however as you are able to find better deals online aswell and also you are able to get vouchers and coupons online that can save you on the delivery costs and all the small extras that shops try to charge you so you are then able to get "alot more for your dollar" as some would say.
Appearance and Design.
This TV is amazing when it comes down to the look of it, its slim which means its very easy to find a place for it to stand, the bottom also has a twist feature so if your the only one watching the TV in the room but the other seats for some reason have been took up then dont worry as you can then twist the screen so that it can face directly at you and your mind can be blown from the HD effects that happen whilst watching your movie. The section under the TV is the small blue light which lets you know that it switches on and off and where you need to point the remote at it so you can switch channels.
With all the TV being black it can easily fit into any room and blend in and still keep the class and style that the TV carries with it, we would expect nothing less from LG. The remote is a very easy use device which does have alot of buttons on however these all are explained in the small manual that you get when purchasing this god like item. The buttons are big so that if you have fat fingers like me you dont have to worry about pressing more then one at a time, Unlike old televisions where your family would normally have to collect certain remotes for each digibox that all had loads of wires linking them all together, this is different you can now control everything with the one remote as the digibox / freeview box is linked into it.
Yes you still need to keep the sky remote aswell to work that but still it keeps the hassle of finding new batteries for all the different remotes! excellent design if you ask me.
All the ports on the back of the television are clearly labeled so even if your of the older generation you wont have any problems trying to figure which one goes into each section, as soon as you plug them in they work without having to program them or anything like that. really really simple stuff.
The screen quality is amazing, due to its 1080p (full hd) design which can produce 1920 x 1080p picture resolution meaning that its the most crisp and vibrant colours you will see on a TV, this is a massive improvement on the standard picture quality that you would get from a big old TV box that you would find back in the old days. This allows you to be able to feel like your really in the game of blue ray DVD that your watching, once you watched it there's no way you can go back to the old television as it just ruins films and picture quality
Very good television with alot of options to add the extra DVD players and all that sort of thing into the back, there's no way you will get bored of this TV and in the life span that you have it, it will do very well with keeping you up to date. However if you are the type of person who always want to have the latest gadget and gismo then i would recommend that you go for the 3D TV's as there new on the scene and will start to dominate once they are perfected.
I actually have the 37" version of this TV but is identical apart from the size. Nothing special to say about the design just like every other LCD TV, black bordering a LCD panel. Back of the TV has all the inputs you need including 3x HDMI's, Optical In/Out and Ethernet. The set's picture quality is excellent and very good for a 50hz TV. Audio is good but can seem a bit quiet so I recommend having the volume at a decent level. Was pleased to find the TV tuner is Freeview HD, never seen the point in selling a HD tv with a non-hd tuner.
The Netcast feature is for me the TV's best selling point, once connected to a ethernet or wireless connection, a small update is downloaded. The netcast includes great apps such as IPlayer (Good playback in HD), Google maps, a weather app, a radio tuner app plus a few extras I haven't really explored yet. The 37" version of this TV is now selling for about £380 and is definitely very good value for that price.
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